Sign the petition against Midway’s new location
Sign the Petition Against Midway Locating
on Kaladar Ave.
More Noise? More Traffic?
More Light Pollution? More Crime?
Midway Family Fun Park is making arrangements to move into our neighbourhood. The planned location is 2477 Kaladar Ave. – the brown warehouse currently occupied by a number of businesses including Celebrity Flooring (see over for map) – and the opening is projected for this coming spring.
Midway’s previous location was near the Canada Science and Technology Museum, at 2370 Lancaster Rd. (people will remember “the place with the castle on top”). The reason for the move is the sale of that building.
What is Midway?
Midway’s owner, Mr. Damien Dee, presented his plans to a meeting of the Heron Park Community Association on the evening of December 7th. He told us Midway’s motto is “fun for the whole family” and its target market is families with children aged 3 to 13, the average being about 8. Mr. Dee further described Midway as follows:
- Indoor Entertainment: arcade games, jungle gym, rock climbing, mini-golf, bumper cars, kiddie train, parent lounge, toddler centre, full restaurant (no alcohol)
- Outdoor Entertainment: go-karts, which Midway operated at previous location, and may be introduced at a later date
- Special Functions: catered birthday parties, summer camps
- Hours: open Fri. & Sat. to 10 p.m., Sun.-Thurs. to 9 p.m., may be closed Tues.& Wed.
- Peak Periods: weekends, summertime, school holidays
- No. of Customers: 500 people at a time during peak periods; 150 parking spaces
- Web Site: http://www.midwayfunpark.com
Why should we be concerned?
While residents don’t have a problem with the business itself, they voiced a number of concerns about the proposed location.
The character of the area would be noticeably affected by the arrival of Midway; it is zoned for light industrial activity and is presently very quiet on weekends and weekday evenings — Midway’s peak hours.
The Midway would increase the noise level in our neighbourhood, from music, early-morning snowplowing, more car and bus traffic, and the outdoor go-kart engines that are planned for the future. Mr. Dee assured all present that noise could be kept to a minimum; residents appeared unconvinced. Other annoyances may include bright outdoor lights, signage, and litter.
Traffic flow on Kaladar is already congested, with slow left-turns at Heron, tractor trailers backing into loading zones, parked cars, and numerous school buses. Residents asked if it is realistic to think that this two-lane street can absorb a further increase in traffic. Mr. Dee offered no answer.
Security: There was a murder in the Midway parking lot 7 years ago. Some people feel that areas with arcades have been used by criminals. In response, Mr. Dee told us that a full security counter will operate at the front, through which all customers pass upon entering and exiting the premises. He noted that Midway has worked very hard to distance itself from the incident and has persisted in the face of bad press where many other businesses would have folded.
Where do things stand?
- Midway is currently using the Kaladar building as storage, and their summer camp flyer (advertised on Facebook and the Ottawa Citizen in February) cites Kaladar as the new location.
- The east side of Kaladar is currently zoned light industrial, which allows for amusement parks like Midway. The west side, and most of the surrounding area, is zoned residential. City staff have called this kind of zoning arrangement ‘outdated’, but say nothing can be done.
- However, the City of Ottawa is currently reviewing the zoning for this area as part of the Bank Street “Community Design Plan”. The plan is scheduled for completion by November 2011 — too late to stop Midway unless we take action now and express our concerns.
What can you do?
- Sign the petition against Midway’s proposed relocation to Kaladar at: http://www.gopetition.com/petition/43385.html
- Learn more about the Bank Street Community Design Plan at http://www.ottawa.ca/residents/public_consult/bank_cdp/index_en.html. This is an opportunity for Heron Park residents to have a say in the vision for Kaladar — including the possibility of rezoning.
- Express your opinion on the opening of Midway in our neighbourhood by contacting our ward councillor David Chernushenko (David.Chernushenko@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2487) and/or the mayor (Jim.Watson@ottawa.ca). Please cc James McLaren, President of the Heron Park Community Association (firstname.lastname@example.org) on any correspondence.
- Contact email@example.com to join the Heron Park Midway Google Group and stay informed.